Sometimes it is super fun to go paddle on a different and new location. We have paddles the Amsterdam canals many times by now and even these canals get the same after a while. SURF LIFE camp owner Harry Glotzbach is a dear friend and BOGA teamrider and lives right at the Amsterdam Forest where he took me for a paddle last month. While paddling the idea popped up to organize a up tour in this beautiful forest in Amsterdam. We had some rain, we had some cloudy, we had a bit of wind... But who cares... It was one of the most impressing paddles ever in Amsterdam. Afterwards we had some drinks and bites (thanks every one for taking some) and Harry and his girl played some songs so it did actually feel like an after paddle summer picknick! Felt like we were in a fairy tales forest trees hanging over our heads and silence filled with rain drops and birds singing. Amsterdam Forest we'll be back!
M&M Stand Up Paddling blog
Last week Amsterdam was filled up with all kinds of Urban Sports throughout the city and M&M SUP filled up the waterpart. We organized a fun Friday Night paddle with a couple of friends and paddlers we have known for some time and Sunday we offered free clinics at the venue.
The perfect way to show Amsterdam is a great city for all kinds of urban sports by using what the city offers, for free running, wakeboarding, skateboarding and stand up paddling is also one of the best activities as we have so many canals we can use freely and enjoy and explore the city in a different way. Also interested in exploring the canals on a paddle board? We offer some tours, for a canal tour we do ask some stand up paddle experience or recommend to attend at least two classes., The Amsterdam canals can be very busy with boats and water traffic which means you need to be able to steer, stop, turn and be able to control yourself on the board.
For the fourth time M&M SUP and Hans Schouten organized the HISWA SUP tour for the HOSWA boat show. This year we changed the route and started in the city centre at Hannekes Boom and paddled with about 150 paddlers to the HISWA boat show. The racers started ten minutes before the tour. We paddled in the canals and saw lot's of Amsterdam highlights like the Carré, Red Light district, zeven bridges, Magere Brug. It was a super fun and colorful parade on paddle boards. Hopefully we will kick of the SUP season like this again!
As we spend lot's of time on the water this season we need to protect our skin and lips. something you often forget and while being on the water you can burn badly. That's why we are offering some Island Tribe products at M&M SUP this season. Founder Carlo tells something more about Island Tribe: "We chose for Island Tribe as they are especially developed for watersports and lasts longer while spending time in and on the water. the sunscreens are developed and researched in Australia and South Africa to ensure that the formula really works. Island Tribe sunscreens are designed to give the user maximum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, more than this, the specific formula will stay on your skin for the duration of your activity."
Thats exactly what we need as we do not want to have to apply new sunscreen and get our hands so slippery we can't hold our paddles anymore.
Danielle attended one of the last classes in 2014 and fell in love with paddle boarding immediately. As a kid she used to sail races and spend all her weekends and holidays on the water. With paddle boarding she re-found her love for watersports and bought herself a BOGA board to keep on paddling during the fall and winter months. She also became a close friend and in spring we decided she could start teaching start up classes, as a former ski instructor in America she knows hoe to teach an motivate. We are so happy to have her on board. By now Danielle has her ASI level 1 and 2, Functional Paddling certification and last winter she attended a yoga for surfers course with Peggy Hall in San Clemente which means you can also meet her during one of our SUP & YOGA classes this summer. Danielle teaches the start up and follow up classes every monday night and whenever she has some extra time she attends the tours and events.
Danielle is also a member of team BOGA Europe and has attended the SUP 11 CITY team in Team Boga in 2014 and in 2015 she paddled the last stage on her Typhoon 14' team board.
We are expecting our new 2016 line up of BOGA paddle boards in a couple of weeks and also have some on stock right now. All you early birds who will order a BOGA paddle board this month (February) will receive a free fibreglass paddle with any model you order. Ready for some serious touring and perhaps an occasional race? Then the Typhoon 14' stock might be just the right paddle board for you! More into yoga and fitness on board then the Boga Yoga hard top or AIR might be just the board you are looking for. Looking for a fun family board for everyone to use? The Todos 10.2' or the BOGA River 10.8' AIR is your paddleboard. We have a model for everyone and every wish. Just drop us an email and we can send more info or set up a testride so we get you the best paddleboard for your needs. Have a look at all models on the BOGA page at this website. Looking forward meeting you and sharing the stoke!
Never underestimate the importance of a good warming up before you go out on the water for a paddle surf sup session, paddle race training or sup long distance tour. Warm up your body with a couple of simple yoga poses demonstrated by BOGA teamrider and yogi Jeramie Vaine. It will help you perform better on your stand up paddle board and engage your core during your session on the water. Take your time for this warm up and don't forget to focus on your breathing during these poses. After this session grab your BOGA paddle board and hop on the water for a fun paddleboard session!
The only board designed and shaped with the leaders in the SUP YOGA industry. Designed for the ultimate balance and stability for YOGA on water. Beautifully designed pad is extra long (for those downward dog poses!) and is soft and comfortable on the feet, hands, and head! Made with quick water wicking material. The yoga mat type pad is super soft yet has a great grip. The official SUP YOGA Board of the Wanderlust YOGA Festival and SUP YOGA leaders such as Rachel Brathen aka Yoga Girl. M&M Stand Up Paddling has been using these great boards for yoga classes and regular start up classes as the boards are super stable and also great fun to practice your balance. Off course you are always welcome for a test ride and purchase your own BOGA YOGA paddleboard; the regular blue one, a bamboo version or (if you are a traveller yogi/paddler) the inflatable BOGA YOGA paddle board. M&M SUP has all on stock.
Just before the Amsterdam Light Festival is finished we paddled it with another group of enthusiastic (winter) paddlers. This time we had much better weather then December when we enden up blown and rain away... Amsterdam by night on a paddle board is a beautiful experience, especially with all these Light art objects along the Amsterdam canals and on the Amsterdam canal bridges. Next time we will probably paddle a Sunday afternoon tour through the center of the Amsterdam city and have a break for some hot choco or teas along the way. Sat announced soon!
The roots of BOGA Stand Up Paddleboards are in sunny California where everyone seems to be on a surf or sup board to go out for a paddle or yoga sup session. Most SUP’s are designed by big surf brands and complement the overall surf-, kite,- wakeboard or boards apparel. BOGA is a 100% stand up paddle board brand. Designed with love for this accessible watersport. Old, young, fat, thin, athletic or non athletic. Stand up paddling is for everyone on any kind of water. Besides a number of versatile BOGA models like the Deep 8.6ft (wave) Mahine 10.6ft (light riders&small waves), Classic 11ft (all round), Todos 10.2ft (city cruising & small waves), the El Tiburon 11ft or 12.6ft (fitness&touring) and the racemodels Typhoon stock 12.6ft or 14ft (27.5’) or team 12.6ft or 14ft (25,5’)and a line of AIR’s like the Tsunami 12.6ft (race&touring) and BOGA YOGA 10.8’ BOGA was the first SUP brand which designed and produced a BOGA YOGA 11.4ft board in 2010 to practice yoga on. This board turned out to be the most populair board and is used by BOGA floating studio’s worldwide. Within the affordable BOGA line of boards riders of all levels can find a board that fits their needs. Whether they cruise lakes or paddle surf, practice fitness or yoga on the board. BOGA’s line of boards feature the high quality construction, performance and value which riders of all levels should demand. Whether you cruise lakes or paddle surf, the Boga team has designed a quality stand up board and paddle to meet your needs. M&M SUP has been working with BOGA boards since 2011 and is proud to announce another stock of '16 boards are on their way for the school and sales. Let us know if you are considering getting your own board so we can help you out with advice and set up a test ride.
Amsterdam organized the annual Light Festival again this year. Lot's of Light objects make by several artists and shown at the waterfront or in the canals. Super fun to paddle through. Last Saturday we organized a paddle tour at the Light Event but were not very lucky with weather... Hard wind and rain. But we still had a great time paddling through this festival and enjoying the huge Light objects from the side and over the Amsterdam canals. We are all very happy with the new Zhik wetsuits to keep us warm in the hard weather conditions. The Amsterdam Light Festival stays until the 17th of January and we will paddle it the 9th of January again. If you want to join us send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Sorry for the blurry picture...
Together with paddler Marije den Breems Morene Dekker wrote a book about stand up paddling. the how's, the do's, the dont's, SUP start up and advanced tips, SUP tricks, interviews with some Dutch paddlers and a specific SUP routes in every Dutch province. The book is a fun read and the pictures add some fun and color to it. You can order the book (Dutch only, sorry) through M&M SUP. Just drop us an email at email@example.com and we send you the book. Signed if asked for. The book is only €22,95 and until we have enough stock we ad a free SALT Magazine to it.
We love to share new routes with all of you and are planning a SUP tour every Friday night next season. We wil paddle Am,sterdam and the area like Nederhorst, Weesp, Muiden, Broek in Waterland, Twiske, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Abcoude and would love to paddle in many more new area's. It's super fun to explore new routes with other paddlers. If you would like to show us around in your own neighborhood let us know and perhaps we can set up a sup tour. We can't wait for the season to kick off. Until then do not forget to check out the tours we organize in Amsterdam, such as the Amsterdam Light paddle on the 12th December and the 9th January. You will find all events and tours on our event page or social media.
Been thinking about getting your own paddleboard for a while? At M&M SUP we have a couple of demo and second hand BOGA paddleboards for sale. If interested in your own board; race, BOGA YOGA or an allround cruise board let us know and we can set up a test to get you the board that fits you and your paddle activities. Send us an email to set up a BOGA paddleboard testdate.